This album has been a project for three years in the making. George Evelyn, better known by his stage names Nightmares on Wax and DJ E.A.S.E., had said that the project was finalised over lockdown and that it is a very personal project to him.
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“As a creative you're always questioning everything,” he says. “So having the time and the space has meant that I could do a proper deep dive into this stuff. So it was all about this journey of going back to myself, and realising being at home with my wife and my daughter that I’ve not really been here properly. It’s like I've just woken back up to what I actually have - and it's already here.”
“The world had stopped and I'd slowed down but time speeded up,” he reflects. “So there was a lot of static going on in the world at that time. So my conversation with people was more like, ‘what's going on inside? What's the inner voice saying?’”
Evelyn calls this record the “deepest” record that he has written.
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As Warp Records’ longest signing, Evelyn has been creating a unique blend of electronica, jazz, hip-hop, techno, dub, funk, soul and techno for the last three decades. This upcoming album is a blend of his many influences and fuses electronica, jazz and hip hop.
This will be his ninth studio album, Evelyn has created music as part of Nightmares on Wax since 1988.
Alongside the album release announcement, he has released single ‘Breathe In’ which features New York hip hop duo OSHUN.
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The upcoming album ‘Shout Out! To Freedom...’ is available for pre-order and pre-save. You can find out more here.
A full list of tour dates for the upcoming album release can be found here:
10 February 2022- Chalk, Brighton
11 February 2022 - Marble Factory, Bristol
12 February 2022 - EartH, London
17 February 2022 - Albert Hall, Manchester
18 February 2022 - The Crossing, Birmingham
19 February 2022 - Beckett, Leeds
23 February 2022 - Gloria, Cologne
24 February 2022 - Praga Centrum, Warsaw
26 February 2022- Melkweg, Amsterdam
27 February 2022 - Metropol, Berlin
For more information, visit Nightmares on Wax's website.
Aneesa Ahmed is Mixmag's Digital Intern, follow her on Twitter